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Boost Your Young Child’s Memory With a Daily Daytime Nap

Added August 30, 2018, Under: Babies, Children's Health, New Moms, Parents, Pregnancy

We all love a good night's sleep and of course children benefit from one too. But apparently the combination of a good night's sleep and a daytime nap can hold the key to a better memory as well as improved emotional welfare in children. Researchers have found that one without the other are insufficient to boost memory but that the two together are a winning combination! More about the research Neuroscientist and Associate Professor, Rebecca Spencer, has been behind the research and she says: "Individually, ...

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Pregnancy & That Glucose Test Drink

Added February 17, 2018, Under: Diseases, Pregnancy

There is a test that is routinely carried out during pregnancy for gestational diabetes or GDM.  This condition arises when there is an excessive increase in glucose intolerance in pregnancy - and figures have shown a rise in the numbers affected. Current estimates say that 5 to 7 percent of pregnant women in the USA develop GDM, putting mother and baby at risk of  medical problems. Elevated blood sugar creates a condition in the body called "oxidative stress" which in pregnancy can ...

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How To Avoid Stretch Marks During Pregnancy & At Other Times

Added December 10, 2017, Under: How To, New Moms, Pregnancy, Skin Conditions

The first rule to avoid those stretch marks is to stay hydrated and keep your skin moisturized! Staying hydrated is good for your body all round, helping to prevent stretch marks by giving your skin enough moisture to stop them appearing when you gain weight or build muscles. The normal advice is to drink 8 glasses of water every day but the amount you need can vary from person to person - this is because it depends on the food you eat, ...

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When Postpartum Psychosis is Closer to Home

Added April 12, 2017, Under: Babies, Diseases, Drugs, New Moms, Pregnancy

A couple I have known for several years are sharing their story in honor of World Maternal Mental Health Day which takes place on 3rd May. The birth of their daughter Sofia marked the start of an incredible journey, but it was also one of the most shocking and saddest times of their lives because ten days after the birth, Benedicte was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. This is Benedicte's story... Ten days after giving birth, I was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis and admitted ...

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Pregnancy & How A Very Natural Home Birth Can Be Successfully Achieved

Added December 3, 2016, Under: Babies, Environment, How To, Parents, Pregnancy

I was delighted to read the very recent story of the birth of baby Isobel to my friend Erin and her husband who live in New Zealand. She is an apothecary  of natural health and was determined to give her baby as natural a birth as possible. She kindly agreed to my sharing her story as a guest post here... As soon as I realized I was pregnant again, I set about making sure I had the best birth team on ...

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Pregnancy & A Newly Discovered Benefit That Comes With Breastfeeding

Added November 7, 2016, Under: Babies, Children's Health, New Moms, Parents, Pregnancy

Recent research has highlighted a wonderful component of breast milk which perhaps no one suspected in the past. A mother's milk can change its make-up to suit the baby's requirements at a specific time of need. How does this work? When the baby drinks from the breast, a vacuum is created through which the baby's saliva can make its way into the mother's nipple.  It is believed that the mammary gland receptors interpret the saliva for signs of  bacteria and viruses and, if ...

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Vitamin B3 & the Link to Eczema in Young Children

Added September 26, 2016, Under: Babies, Children's Health, New Moms, Parents, Pregnancy, Skin Conditions

Eczema in young children has become more common in recent years and various theories have been put forward as to why this is. However, we do know that a combination of genes and environmental triggers may increase your child’s risk of developing the skin disorder. Babies from families with a history of eczema, hay fever, asthma or allergies are more likely to develop eczema while the skin condition can be triggered by allergens or irritants in the environment. Skin cells fast forward when something ...

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Cod Liver Oil & Is This Old Fashioned Remedy Back in Fashion?

Added September 18, 2016, Under: Arthritis, Babies, How To, Pregnancy, Top 10, Vitamin D

The thought of taking a spoonful of castor oil might bring a smile to your lips or conjure up thoughts of children in a Victorian nursery - but could this old fashioned remedy actually be a good idea in these modern times?Those who lived in Northern Europe were using cod liver oil for hundreds of years to protect them from the long dark winters and they certainly had the right idea. What is cod liver oil? Cod liver oil is the essential ...

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Just Some of the Hundreds of Healing Ways of Coconut Oil

Added September 13, 2016, Under: Dental Care, Pregnancy, Skin Conditions, Vitamin D

With such a rise in the popularity of coconut oil and other coconut products, are we not going to run out of the raw material? Along with the very special coconut oil, products include coconut butter, coconut shreds, coconut water, coconut milk and cream, coconut flour and more. We consider it to be one of the healthiest oils in the world! And one of the reasons for this is that the flesh of the coconut is very high in healthy fatty acids. While ...

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Why Do We Suffer From Varicose & Spider Veins?

Added July 26, 2016, Under: Exercise, Health, Pregnancy

Womans Day has recently published some helpful advice on what you need to know about varicose veins and spider veins – those unwanted but common conditions that affect more than eighty million adults in the USA. We have shared some of this advice as well as adding our own suggestions and comments. What causes varicose veins? Two things that do not cause varicose veins – crossing your legs and wearing high heels. But there are plenty of other things that do because varicose ...

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